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BRPC... Who We Are

Who We Are: Our Beliefs

We are a church with doors that are wide open. Whether you are just beginning your faith journey with lots of questions or are a committed Christian who wants to explore faith more deeply, you will be welcome here.

Braden River is made up of life-long Presbyterians as well as people who have worshipped as Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, Episcopalian or Orthodox. We have people of every political persuasion, people who live in Florida all year and those who join us only in the winter. You'll find people who have just started coming back to church after a long time away and people who have never been part of a church.

Here are some of our core beliefs, but beyond these beliefs you will find a broad range of opinions about the Bible, the church and how God is at work in the world. And yet, at Braden River, we come together to worship and serve God, care for our neighbor and provide the support to ask questions and explore faith.

Reformed

  • God is the creator and supreme authority throughout the universe
  • Our salvation is through the work of God in Christ and not by our own accomplishments
  • Jesus Christ is the Son of God and God's living presence with us
  • The Holy Spirit is God's continuing presence with us
  • We are all, ordained and non-ordained, called to tell others of God and the way of Jesus Christ in both word and deed

Our Stand on Social Issues

In the 1958 Statement of The General Assembly:

  • Affirms its conviction that neither the Church as the body of Christ, nor Christians as individuals, can be neutral or indifferent toward evil in the world;
  • Affirms its responsibility to speak on social and moral issues for the encouragement and instruction of the Church and its members, seeking earnestly both to know the mind of Christ and to speak always in humility and love;
  • Reminds the churches that their duty is not only to encourage and train their members in daily obedience to God's will, but corporately to reveal God's grace in places of suffering and need, to resist the forces that tyrannize, and to support the forces that restore the dignity of all [persons] as the children of God, for only so is the gospel most fully proclaimed.

What's the Difference Between PC(USA) and PCA

At the time that the northern and southern branches of the Presbyterian Church merged to become the Presbyterian Church (USA), some Presbyterian churches, primarily in the south, did not want to permit the ordination of women to the office of Elder, Deacon or Minister. These churches formed the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA).

We, in the PC(USA), support the ordination of both men and women to all offices of the church: Elder, Deacon and Minister of Word and Sacrament. You will find women serving in all church offices at Braden River.

Braden River Presbyterian Church, Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida